Completed the 50 mile portion of the Dempsey Challenge in Maine today in a respectable 3 hours (including couple of stops at the 10 & 20 mile rest breaks). But it was the end of the ride that truly made my day. I hit some broken pavement about a mile from the finish, but everything seemed ok; but making the last turn onto the footbridge leading to the finish shoot, the rear went flat What to do? I did what any self-respecting glory-hound would do; I threw the bike over my shoulder and ran to the finish with cheers ringing in my ears and flash bulbs going off everywhere. It was a EPIC ending to my first 1/2 century. I was humbled (truly) to hear the MC state 'now that's a great example of the true spirit of those who came to support this wonderful cause".